F A S H I O N - Surekha Kadapa-Bose ( Courtesy - BTW Magazine)
Get glued to Blue
Ladies, wrap up those LBDs and stock up on feminine attires in blue. Blue in its different shades, besides sea green and vibrant hues of red, will lend colour to the party season
It’s that time of the year that calls for party and celebration. The Christmas week, leading up to the New Year, is one which is marked by sleepless
nights, free flowing wine, chocolate boxes and cakes.
Even as the party clock ticks away, connoisseurs of design feel that women are all set to sizzle this season. Through their attire
they will reinstate the fact that they are women of substance, while retaining their sensuousness and elegance at the same time.
Delhi-based designer Rehane says, “Attires will be more feminine, edgy and sassy; especially, my dresses, which are perceived as being
associated with personality traits like nurturing, life-giving qualities, creativity, and openness.”
Lina Tipnis, Mumbai-based designer, forecasts the trends for the coming party season, “It will definitely be shifts and sheath dresses in plunging necklines, bare backs for a über cool sexy look with legs being the erogenous zone.’’
In fact, this season is going to be bare-back season with necklines plunging at the back and going up in the front. “One can’t wear plunging necklines in both front and back. That will make it absolutely vulgar!’’ quips Swapnil Shinde, another designer from Mumbai. He says, “It is the revival of the old season – à la Hollywood of 1940s and 50s. Marilyn Monroe-restyled version of 2009 will be a hit.’’
But unlike the white and red in those wind-blown knee length dresses that Marilyn made immortal, the colours that are going to rule the fashion world are emerald green, blue, neutral colours like greys, mahagony etc.
“Actually blue is going to be new black this season,’’ says Asif Merchant, a recent entrant in the world of Mumbaibased designers. Elaborating further, he says, “While earlier seasons were marked by women dressed in black, this season, it is going to be shades of blue – navy, royal, cobalt blue.’’
Rehane agrees with these colours. According to her, it will be shades of blue from deep duck egg blue to soft grey blue, plus skin tones and sea greens. Along with the blues and greys, Swapnil also votes for more vibrant colours like pinks, oranges and different palettes of reds. So, those of you who have had black dresses for some time now, keep them away at the back of your cupboard and wait for the revival of black. For now, go for the new colours of the season.
When it comes to the style of attires, they all agree that there would be more of flowing long dresses, not necessarily gowns. Structured dresses, which are body hugging at the top, will be popular. To explain it further, the dresses will be more of full skirts with narrow waist and fitted bodices. There will be more of detailing in the attires and absolutely less of bling. May be some Swarovski here and there for night time party-wear but very little of embellishment.
|According to Swapnil, the accompanying accessories will make up for the lack of embellishment. “Chunky and statement jewellery will be trendy in contrast colours like acid-inspired colours – green, hot pink, electric blue, gold shade of champagne, gunmetal grey etc.,’’ he says.
Asif adds, “Minimal jewellery will be the trend. The
attires will speak volumes about the wearer. So, only long chandelier earrings, a big bracelet or cuff will do
As the attires are going to sport a feminine look, it is but natural that the fabric too will be more soft and womanly. So georgettes and silk chiffons will rule the fashion world. Pure silks and satins won’t be that hot.
Teenager’s fashion world will have more of colourful jump suits, rompers and calf-length pants. Slightly older girls, between 16-18 years of age, will go for long dresses. All in all, it is going to be an all- feminine look this party season.